Omah Lay is Nigeria's new act to watch out for. At just 23 years of age, the singer-songwriter-producer has managed to attract multitudes of fans with his introspective and hedonistic music. The musician first gained prominence in 2020 after his single 'You' went viral.
Is Omah Lay a Nigerian? And when did he start singing? Where did Omah Lay come from? Here is all you need to know about Africa's freshest act.
- Full name: Omah Stanley Didia
- Date of birth: May 19th, 1997
- Age: 23 years old
- Birthplace: Port Harcourt, Rivers State
- Occupation: Singer, songwriter, producer
- Hair colour: Black
- Eye colour: Brown
Omah Lay biography
Here is all you need to know about the musician.
What is Omah Lay real name?
His full name is Omah Stanley Didia.
Is Omah Lay from Nigeria?
Yes, the artist was born on May 19th 1997 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. He was also raised in Port Harcourt.
At the moment, he is 23 years old.
For his schooling, Lay attended Comprehensive High School in Rivers State. He then proceeded to join the University of Port Harcourt.
Career: When did Omah Lay start singing?
Lay's grandfather was a percussionist for the legendary Highlife singer Celestine Ukwu until his death in 1976. His dad also took up drumming. This contributed to Omah's love for music.
The artist began producing music when he was 15 years old; he also rapped at the streets of Marine Base in Port Harcourt.
Omah Lay used to write music for music artists, but he decided to step up to become an artist because he was not given much credit for his writing efforts.
Who is Omah Lay signed to?
Omah Lay was first signed to a record label called KeyQaad in June 2019. The move made him leave Port Harcourt for Lagos for the first time. He is currently signed to the Dvpper Music record label.
Omah Lay music
Omah Lay's music has been described as being:
at once introspective and hedonistic, matched with the vibrancy of alt-pop production, sometimes crafted by the artist himself.
Speaking about his musical style, the artist revealed,
"I make afrobeats. This is what we do. In my own making of afrobeats, I don't like to get myself all boxed in, what it should sound like. I try my best to search every single place, you know, every single style. I want to do reggae, I want to do dancehall, but at the end, I want to do afrobeat. So I'm not trying to be boxed in."
Omah Lay songs
His singles include:
- Hello Brother (2019)
- Do Not Disturb (2019)
- Alternate Cuts (2020)
- Tonight (2020)
On May 22nd 2020, Omah released his debut EP, Get Layd. Get Layd contains five solid tracks with no feature. The tracks are:
- Bad Influence
- Lo Lo
- Ye Ye Ye
He began working on Get Layd in August 2019, and the first song he recorded on the EP was Bad Influence.
Omah Lay lyrics
There are barely enough words to describe the man's artistry evident in his lyrics. You just have to listen to his songs to appreciate his delightful technique for layering his lyrics, one line over another.
The two songs released in the run-up to Get Layd managed to show off two sides to Omah Lay: the smitten lover boy on You, and the bad boy on Bad Influence.
On D*mn, to set the tone for the rest of the project, Omah combines both and presents us with a self-aware loverboy whose girl loves him regardless of his flaws.
On the pre-chorus, he sings,"Cause You Be My Nigga, You Be My Goon/You Be My Water, You Be My Gold/You Be My River, You Be My Road", to end a verse where he says he is ready to settle down with the girl who he is sure of her affection.
Throughout the song, he declares, "I Know Myself", with a conviction which reveals that he is aware of the faults he sings about but does not let them get in the way – especially not in his love life.
- Omah's recent success has allowed him to be the first artist featured on Africa Rising, Apple Music's new program, aiming to promote African talent. The program features an artist selected by Apple Music's editorial team on the continent and uses the full force of the platform to amplify them to music fans in Africa and around the world.
- In June 2020, Apple Music featured him as the New Artist of the Month.
- He was also recognised in the March episode of Native Mag's Fresh Meat as one of the Best New Artists for March 2020.
Omah Lay is definitely going places. Judging by his amazing lyrics and melodious tunes, he is one to watch out for.
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